fabric

noun
fab·​ric | \ ˈfa-brik How to pronounce fabric (audio) \

Definition of fabric

b : underlying structure : framework the fabric of society
2 : an act of constructing : erection specifically : the construction and maintenance of a church building
3a : structural plan or style of construction
b : texture, quality used chiefly of textiles
c : the arrangement of physical components (as of soil) in relation to each other
b : a material that resembles cloth
5 : the appearance or pattern produced by the shapes and arrangement of the crystal grains in a rock

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Synonyms for fabric

Synonyms

cloth, textile

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Examples of fabric in a Sentence

The curtains are made of expensive fabric. scarves made of woven fabrics the fabric of the community
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And in short order, large-scale migration from the region resumed, rupturing families and the communal fabric. Kirk Semple, New York Times, "Mexican Opium Prices Plummet, Driving Poppy Farmers to Migrate," 7 July 2019 The duo even collaborated with textile artist Aliki van der Kruijs to airbrush purple pigments onto the dead-stock fabrics. Kristen Bateman, Teen Vogue, "Schueller de Waal Turned Their Couture Week Show Into A Street Cleanup in The Name Of Fashion Therapy," 3 July 2019 Like the Homecoming suit, this new number is made of a stretchy white fabric that’s then printed and dyed for texture and color. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Spider-Man: Far From Home costume designer breaks down Spidey and Mysterio's new looks," 2 July 2019 Warmer weather calls for lightweight fabrics, and that style principle extends to her taste in accessories. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Look Is Money: How Fashion Influencers Get Dressed Part 2," 1 July 2019 The patio sits beneath some fabric for a little shade and there is often a food truck to pair with your Crabby Neighbor. The Know Staff, The Know, "The coolest patios and rooftops to eat and drink on in the Front Range," 27 June 2019 The handloomed fabrics were from the late 1800s, a part of the family’s history. Brenda Yenke, cleveland.com, "Back to Our Roots antique show returns to Medina: Yenke Peddler antiques," 27 June 2019 Blue fabric is draped along the ceiling of the dance floor. Delaney Strunk, CNN, "How a diversity prom allows LGBTQ students to be their authentic selves," 23 June 2019 Think boutique quality folk art and one-of-a-kind items made from wood, metal, glass, ceramics and fabrics made into gifts and home décor items. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: If Etsy.com had stores and why tech is now a section at crafts retailer Michaels," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of fabric

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabric

borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French fabrique "act of construction, something created or constructed, the created world, structure, construction and maintenance of a church," borrowed from Medieval Latin fabrica, going back to Latin, "process of making something, craft, art, workshop," noun derivative from *fabricus "of a craftsman," from fabr-, faber "craftsman, smith" (perhaps going back to dialectal Indo-European *dhabh-r- —perhaps of non-Indo-European origin— whence also Armenian darbin "smith," from *dhabh-r-sneh2) + -icus -ic entry 1

Note: The Latin derivative fabrica may have been shortened from fabrica ars, perhaps literally "smith's craft, smith's place of work." The base *dhabh-r- has been compared with Gothic gadaban "to happen, be suitable" and a host of related words (see daft), though the semantic link is tenuous.

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The first known use of fabric was in the 15th century

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fabric

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fabric

: woven or knitted material
: the basic structure of something

fabric

noun
fab·​ric | \ ˈfa-brik How to pronounce fabric (audio) \

Kids Definition of fabric

2 : the basic structure the fabric of society

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